No Outlet, No Worries: 6 USB-Powered Travel Accessories

by  Aly Walansky | Nov 30, 2015
Kikkerland fan
Kikkerland fan / Venture Heat jacket

When you're traveling, power outlets can sometimes be difficult to come by, whether you're trying to charge up from an airport, your hotel room, or a café. But if you travel with a laptop or a power bank, you're in luck -- there are tons of travel accessories these days that can be operated and powered via USB. From a portable fan and a heated jacket to even a compact gel manicure kit, here are some of our favorites.

Kikkerland USB Desktop Fan: A portable fan can come in handy in many travel situations. Perhaps your eco-villa doesn’t have air conditioning, or the non-adjustable radiator in your NYC apartment rental is simply way too warm. Either way, when outlet space is precious, this fan is USB-powered and is very quiet -- so you’ll be able to sleep just fine. $20

Venture Heat Escape Heated Softshell Jacket: Taking advantage of off-season prices and going somewhere cold this winter? Stay warm with this jacket, which is lined with heating panels that can be powered by any power bank at least 2.1Amp and 5,000mAh. The jacket has three temperature settings: low, medium, or high. $189.95

Michael Todd Sonic Clear Petite: Travel can be tough on the skin, especially if you’re flying or experiencing a drastic climate change. To combat breakouts, beauty expert Megan O’Brien swears by this USB-chargeable antimicrobial sonic cleansing brush that inhibits up to 99.9 percent of stain- and odor-causing bacteria (meaning the brush stays cleaner for longer). $99

SteriPEN Freedom: Whether you’re heading into nature or simply a destination where water quality is questionable, SEO project manager Olle Neiman recommends SteriPEN, a super compact water purifier than can fit in your purse or pocket and charges via USB. With one charge, you'll be able to safely hydrate in 48 seconds. $99.95

Le Mini Macaron: Here’s one for stylish travelers. This new nail beauty brand is based on DIY-ing gel manicures on the go. The kits, which have everything to apply and remove gel polish, sports a memorable macaron theme -- the USB-powered LED lamp is designed like the French cookie. $35

Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer: This one might be more of an extra than a necessity, but at 1.8 pounds, 5 inches long, and 7 inches wide (smaller and lighter than a notebook) this tiny wireless printer is a nice travel accessory. Besides printing standard 3x5 photos, it’s great for creating real-time postcards or even credit card-sized stickers -- all great souvenirs for those back home or for small thank you gifts at your destination. The printer is wireless, with batteries that can be recharged via USB. $84.99

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